Year of Call: 2012
Tony joined Central Chambers in April 2018 following an offer to undertake common law pupillage and began his second-six (practising six) on 9th October 2018, specialising in criminal law under the supervision of Benjamin Knight.
Before commencing pupillage, Tony obtained experience in many diverse and complex areas of law. He has worked as a freelance County Court advocate, representing clients before District Judges across the North West daily, in a wide range of civil applications.
He later joined a local Citizens Advice Bureau as a debt caseworker, drawing from his previous court experience to advise and represent clients in one of the most deprived communities in Greater Manchester.
Tony therefore brings a wealth of experience with him to the Bar in fields including crime, contract, commercial, housing (including rent & mortgage possession), insolvency, personal injury, regulatory & professional discipline, welfare benefits, enforcement proceedings, and costs.
Since April 2018, Tony has already obtained a great deal of experience assisting in the preparation and conduct of hearings in the criminal courts. Tony has shadowed barristers prosecuting and defending at trials before Magistrates’ Courts, and has worked on cases at the Crown Court involving allegations of serious violence, drugs and sexual offences.
Since starting on his feet in October 2018 Tony has expanded on his diverse advocacy and advisory experience in practice. He has appeared in Magistrates’ Courts, Youth Courts and the Crown Court dealing with a range of criminal allegations including road traffic offences, anti-social behaviour, offences against public order and domestic violence.
To instruct Tony, please contact his clerks.
Tony hopes to expand on his diverse advocacy and advisory experience in practice at the Bar, and looks forward to receiving instructions during his second six months of pupillage.
R v RD (2018) – Prosecuting
Secured conviction for common assault in a domestic violence context where primary complainant attended as a witness in support of the Defendant.
R v EH (2018) – Defending
Defendant charged with assault, affray, and having a bladed article in a public place. Negotiation resulted in the Crown offering no evidence in relation to the bladed article (the most serious charge on the indictment). Defendant pleaded guilty to the remaining charges and received a community order where sentencing guidelines indicated a custodial sentence.
R v SK (2018) – Prosecuting
Secured conviction for common assault in a domestic violence context where primary complainant gave retraction statement departing significantly from their initial account.
R v GW (2018) – Defending
Defendant charged with breaching a restraining order for the second time in 12 months. Defendant pleaded guilty and received a fine where the guidelines indicated a community order.
R v JB (2018) – Defending
Plea-in-mitigation for driving with excess alcohol. Successfully persuaded the Magistrates to depart from sentencing guidelines to impose a fine as opposed to a high-level community order.
R v AB (2018) – Prosecuting
Secured conviction for driving with excess alcohol in a trial involving expert evidence of back-calculation of alcohol levels.
R v TD (2018) – Defending
Defendant guilty of using a mobile phone whilst driving who was facing a 6-month disqualification. Successfully argued that this would cause exceptional hardship and prevented the Defendant from being disqualified.
Salford City Council v CA (2018) – Respondent
Represented the operator of a local taxi licensing firm before the Licensing Regulatory Panel. Successfully persuaded the Panel that the operator remained a fit and proper person to hold an operator’s licence.
Memberships and Appointments
2007 –2010: Bangor University
LLB Law (Hons) – First Class
2011 –2012: Nottingham Trent University
BPTC – Very Competent
Outstanding results in Criminal Litigation, Civil Litigation, and Opinion Writing
What Tony’s Clients say:
Mr Anthony Williams was very professional and sympathetic in my case. Mr Williams went through all the procedure to the start to the. Without [Tony] standing up for us we don't know what would have happened. Without his assistance I don't think the outcome would have been as good as it turned out to be.
I was represented in Northallerton Court facing a 6-month totting up ban. Several emails and telephone conversations later and a court appearance and I still have my licence. I am extremely happy with the outcome of the case and would wholeheartedly recommend Anthony Williams for any driving offences that you're facing.
I was represented at Leeds Magistrates Court today 03/11/18 by Tony Williams, I found him to be highly professional and honest with me, my personal opinion is that Tony did an outstanding job for me today in court and I am more than satisfied.
“Throughout his first six, Tony has been given ongoing advocacy assessment and training, significantly in excess of the minimum required by the Bar Standards Board and Bar Council. He has taken a hands-on role in case preparation and analysis. I have been very impressed with his ability. In short, I rate him.” – Benjamin Knight
Articles by Tony Williams include:
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61-67 King Street
T. 0161 236 1133
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